Shiva Ram Male, Scholar of PhD Health Sciences – Optometry and Vision Sciences from the School of Medical Sciences has been chosen for the Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) foundation Global Mentee and Mentoring programme. He will be mentored by Padma Shri awardee Prof. Dr Natarajan Sundaram, an Eminent Ophthalmologist of India.

Incidentally, Prof. Dr. Natrajan Sundaram an Eminent Ophthalmologist of India received Padma shree award in 2013 and is a holder of the Guinness world record for maximum number of Diabetic eye screenings, i.e; 649 Diabetes patients were screened in Dharavi, Mumbai in 8 hours and also entered into the Limca book of records.

The Global Mentorship Program’s main aim is to support and sustain junior researchers’ interest with a focus on professional development within the field and engaging in ARVO towards vision sciences and ophthalmology.

Mr Shiva Ram has already submitted his PhD thesis entitled “Profiling the Problem of Colour Vision deficiency and its association with colour, culture and cognition – An Indian Perspective”, under the Research Supervision of Prof. B R Shamanna, Professor, late. Dr. Rishi Bhardwaj, School of Medical Sciences and Co-Research supervisors Prof. Chakravarthy Bhagvati and his doctoral committee members Dr Rashmin Gandhi, Centre for Sight Hospitals, Hyderabad and Dr Baskar Theagarayan, University of Huddersfield, UK.

Shiva Ram is due to join his post-doctoral fellowship at the Schepens Retina Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmay, Harvard Medical School. Boston, USA after his Ph.D examination.

The whole research supervision team of Mr Shiva Ram and Prof. Geeta. K Vemuganti, Dean School of Medical Sciences, and other School faculty members complimented Mr Shiva Ram for this achievement.